The property is situated in one of the most beautiful and panoramic areas in the hills around Fiesole: on the side facing Florence, nestled in the Affrico valley. The property is surrounded by olive, lime and fruit trees and a long line of poplars running along the natural border of the Affrico.
The historic landscape and main waterways and share-cropping system of cultivation are all protected.
The main building is in a green setting at the highest point of the property, and is in perfect harmony with the surrounding countryside from which only part of the roofs are visible. The building almost naturally follows the line of the grounds extending gently down from the Fontanelle road into the Affrico valley.
The property was renovated in 1965 while preserving the original 18th century structure which, over the years, has served as a religious building, a rural dwelling and then a monastery again. Of the original building, the cloister with well and the small bell-tower of the monastery remain intact.
The design of the property is in keeping with the environment, in a style respecting Tuscan rural architecture. The architect, Pier Niccolo' Berardi, has made this one of the most beautiful villas in the hills of Fiesole.
The style of the villa is based primarily on the use of materials and an approach to design in harmony with the countryside characterised by share-cropping. The materials are all locally sourced: pietra serena (sandstone) for the stairs; terracotta for the floors, chimney-pots, roofing and windowsills; recycled chestnut wood for the structural components of the floors, roofing and internal doors; and cast iron for furnishings and bars on windows.
The quarters (about 1052 sqm) are spread out over three floors including a basement.
On the ground floor is the living area, with a generous lounge (about 114 sqm), two entrances, a kitchen, a closet and four bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms.
On the first floor are two double bedrooms with dressing room and bathroom, divided between two areas each with separate access.
In the basement (with direct access from the garden) is the housekeeper's apartment with two bedrooms, a bathroom, a living room and a kitchen. On the same floor are a laundry, double closet, garage and various storage rooms. Also on this level is the original porch, exposed on three sides, with an old bread oven. The porch now has glass walls and is used as a studio. The windows are made of wood and visarm double-glazed glass and have green wooden shutters. All the windows and external doors are fitted with grids.
The main internal doors are made of old solid chestnut and are waxed.
The floors in all the rooms are made of terracotta tiles, typically measuring 17x36 cm, fired by Manetti in Impruneta. The ceiling and beams in the living area are made of old chestnut wood. There are barrel vaulted ceilings in some of the rooms made with recycled bricks.
The interior plasterwork is rendered with wax while the exterior plasterwork is rendered with natural lime.
The perimeter walls and roofing are insulated with Stiferite heat-insulating panels.
The grounds include an olive grove (about 18,000 sqm), a tennis court, a small building converted into a changing room, a lemon house (about 55 sqm) and a small store.